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  • Tips for telework success

    The Air Force has elevated its Health Protection Condition in response to the fast spread of Coronavirus 2019; in response, servicemembers, civilians and families are encouraged to practice prevention measures. In addition to following strict personal and environmental hygiene, social distancing, staying home if sick, and self-quarantining if exposed to those with COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath), teleworking when possible has been highly encouraged in both the civilian and military sectors.
  • Updating our alma mater to celebrate all of us

    The Air Force chief of staff speaks out on changes to the U.S. Air Force Song.
  • Mentoring Viewpoints: Tell me, teach me, involve me

    “Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I may remember.  Involve me and I learn.” -- Benjamin FranklinThe value of mentorship is widely recognized by both the private and public sectors today, but it's important to note this is not a new idea.  The term "mentor" actually comes from ancient Greece and Homer's Odyssey, where Odysseus entrusted his son's
  • Innovation: Fad or Foundation?

    To launch the Air Force Materiel Command Year of Innovation campaign, Air Force Maj. Gen. Carl Schaefer, AFMC deputy commander, offers his perspectives on innovation and the innovation culture required to research, develop, test, field and sustain Air Force systems and platforms to outpace the adversary.
  • KC-46 hits milestone at Edwards AFB

    Fielding began last week on America’s newest air refueling tanker aircraft – the KC-46 Pegasus. Operationalizing a new military aircraft does not happen often, but when it does, it typically goes through Edwards Air Force Base – the center of the aerospace testing universe. Regardless of whether it is a frequent or a rare occurrence, hitting a milestone like this should be a huge source of pride for our entire team.
  • Holiday thoughts: Remember your Wingman Family

    Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry offers thoughts on the holiday season for the AFMC family.
  • Chief Wright to Airmen: Know your retirement options

    The opt-in deadline for the Blended Retirement System is December 31, 2018. Make your decision knowing only you can determine which system is best for you, and understand that if you opt into BRS, it is irrevocable. You only have one chance to make this choice, so it’s imperative you and those involved in making financial decisions for your family fully understand the pros and cons of both retirement systems.
  • The mentors around us

    It is truly an honor to serve the Airmen of Air Force Materiel Command as your command chief. Every day I witness incredible things that our Airmen are doing for our command, our Air Force, and our nation. As I travel and engage with our Airmen, mentorship is a topic that often comes up. It’s a subject that I am extremely passionate about, and I appreciate every opportunity I have to discuss it.
  • Combat planning and mentoring? Really!

    Outside, the temperature was hovering around 100 degrees and the concrete scintillated under the noon sun. Inside the state-of-the-art hardened aircraft shelters, maintainers steadfastly ensured the aircraft was clear of all discrepancies from the previous day’s combat. Across the flight line, bombs were meticulously built-up in preparation for loading. These weapons would soon wreak havoc on Iraqi airfields, tanks, and artillery. However, inside one of these brand new hangars, there were no aircraft nor maintainers; instead, rows of makeshift tables were surrounded by maps and flight planning computers.
  • The guiding principles of mentorship

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- As a senior leader, I am routinely asked to “mentor” acquisition professionals, and I am always honored to provide advice and “pay it forward.” Below are some guiding principles I use when mentoring others. These guidelines are for folks who are mentoring someone for the first time, as well as the mentees in
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